If you have cancer, you know that there is a ton of information that you’ll need to learn and organize. Here, we talk about the best hacks for organizing everything you’ve been given throughout your cancer diagnosis.
- Use a symptom tracker. Each day you’re going to be feeling different. Sometimes, you’ll have different symptoms and energy levels throughout the day. It’s important to keep track of this closely so you can see what the triggers are and how to minimize the side effects of treatment.
- Organize your pills. You’ll likely have many medications to keep track of. Using a pill organizer like Medacube can make it easier for you to ensure you take all of your medications at the right time each day. If you’re new to taking a large number of pills everyday it can seem overwhelming, but we promise that if you get into a routine it will become much easier. We like attaching the act of taking pills to habits you do at certain times each day like brushing your teeth!
- Create a binder. Between your symptom trackers and test results, there will be a plethora of information to manage. We recommend creating a cancer treatment organizer in the form of a binder with dividers so you have all of your information in one spot. This will help you manage your care alongside your oncology team members. Bring your binder with you to appointments so that you can answer questions about medication, lab results, and scans with doctors who may not be familiar with what procedures / tests / labwork you’ve had done.
- Let your friends and family help you. There are many regular tasks that might be challenging for you to manage while in treatment, from walking your dogs to cooking meals each day. Accept help when your friends, family, and neighbors offer it, even though accepting help might not be second nature to you. When we let our communities pitch in to help us, everyone feels a little better!
- Schedule things you love. Don’t forget who you are and what you loved before treatment. Try to do little things that you love to keep your spirits up while you’re undergoing treatment. You deserve it.